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Deadly Obsession is the story of a teenage FBI agent who plays the bait to catch criminals. It's an interesting genre blend of action and Christian fiction and I enjoyed the easy pace with which the story unfolds. I found Kennedy to be a likable and resilient protagonist, though the antagonist seemed underdeveloped. The writing is easy to read, but filled with cliches. The author showed skill in telling the story through alternating perspectives. The Christian references throughout are a nice touch, though a little heavy-handed for my taste. Overall, a story that I enjoyed listening to.
If you could sum up Deadly Obsession in three words, what would they be?
Action, suspense, faith
What about Peggy Sowersby’s performance did you like?
Peggy was awesome! She brought youthfulness to the story, even though she isn't a teen herself.
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Age Appropriate For: 15 and up (theme of girl working to catch sexual predators)
Best for Ages: 15-20
I think one of that hardest thing for me, as both a lover of books and an author, is to rate first novels. This book is no exception. Santi has so much talent and the book, but it lacked some of the polish of an experienced writer. However, she isn’t an experienced writer, so it isn’t really that surprising.
First off, this book deals with older men preying on young girls. This is done in a non-graphic way. However, I wouldn’t hand this to young or sensitive readers. Because of these, it bumped the MBR (see button below) up to a moderate rating. However, unlike most books that get that rating, most older teens will find this an appropriate read.
This story has a very classic, yet fun set up. A young person doing a job that normally only adults do. While it isn’t a huge secret, her classmates don’t know. She is leading a double-life so that she can help others. It may be classic, but it works and is fun. I liked that it felt less like Kennedy was lying to her school friends about what she was doing and more like her work and her school life were separate things. I get tired of most books/movies that are full of deceit to keep this kind of storyline going.
The faith message was good for the age group that this is targeted for. For older readers, it will probably feel too simplistic. Dealing with why bad things happen to good people, and anger toward God are some of the things dealt with.
Did I mention that there is an awesome sibling relationship? Well, there is. Kennedy works with her brother. Her brother is protective, loving, and tries to help Kennedy deal with the pain in her past. They also have loving, and supportive parents.
There is a lot of tense scenes in this, a lot of action, and you probably won’t want to put the book down. The villain is pretty evil and scary. As I said before, this isn’t a book for young or sensitive readers.
As I listened to the audiobook, I also have to say that the narrator, Peggy Sowersby, did a wonderful job. While not a youthful voice, she gave the story a very youthful feel.
I recommend this book to teens who like action, suspense, with a dash of faith.
I received this audiobook from the author for the purpose of writing a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All the thoughts expressed are my own.